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Identifying Your Child’s Foot Condition

Foot or ankle pain in children should not be ignored or attributed to minor growing pains. When a child has pain that lasts more than a few days, it should be investigated further. Two conditions that are common in children are pediatric flatfoot and Sever’s disease. Flatfoot usually goes unnoticed because it doesn’t cause any serious issues. Although in some cases, children might have trouble participating in sports or appear to have an abnormal gait. If either of these signs becomes apparent, then flat feet might be to blame. Sever’s disease is a condition that only affects children. It is caused by inflammation of the growth plate. The growth plate is not fully protected in children’s feet, because the heel bone has not fully developed. This condition will become worse when the heel experiences repetitive pressure, so sports can be triggering for Sever’s disease. If you think your child may be suffering from any foot or ankle pain, consult with your podiatrist to receive a proper diagnosis.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Dr. Ronald Sheppard of Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Marlboro and Watchung, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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